Over the years I’ve been cooking for people, many have asked me if I’d ever thought about running a restaurant. The answer has always been that I didn’t want to ruin my enjoyment of cooking, by turning it into a full-time occupation!But there are certainly attractions to the idea. We love having people to dinner, and I’ve become more and more tempted by the idea of ‘entertaining to order’. In other words you come to dinner at my place, with a group of friends, and you decide when you want to come.
Many of you may be familiar with the concept of the ‘pop-up restaurant’, or supper club. I first came across it in a Jamie Oliver television programme a couple of years ago. He visited someone’s New York apartment that was being run as a restaurant once a week. Guests could make a booking, for one or more people, and they would sit at a single large table, just like at a dinner party.
Anyway, that’s more or less what I’m offering except, at least to start with, I’m doing it more along the lines of individual tables – I can fit in up to three. This is how it works: if you book for ten or 12 people, you sit at my big dining table, and you get the place to yourself. If you would like a table for eight or fewer, I will use my best endeavours to fill another table or two to make the numbers up to a total of ten or 12.
So, if you fancy the idea of going out to dinner with a group of friends for a delicious meal which is, I guarantee, a little bit different from the usual restaurant fare, for a very reasonable price, then why not give it a try. I ask a nominal cost contribution of £35 a head, for three courses. Obviously I have no licence, so it’s bring your own bottles – and equally obviously there is no corkage fee.
When you book I’d like you to specify whether you’d prefer Asian or Mediterranean food. I would then send you a menu a week or so before the dinner, just as a precaution in case there was something on it to which one of your party had a serious aversion.
If you’re interested, and would like to know more, call me or email, or send a note via the contact form. Anvil Cottage is now open for business!